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Date(s) - 26/07/2017
4:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Chatham House

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Conference ‘Supporting SMEs and Creating Jobs’


This year, the African Union dedicated itself to the theme of ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’. In addition, the Ibrahim Forum Report 2017 states that:

– By 2050, Africa’s youth will almost double, from 230 to 452 million.

– The fastest growing African economies have not created enough jobs for youth.

As the Ibrahim Forum Report shows, although Africa’s economy is growing, its young people are unemployed and underemployed, often leading to mass migration.

To respond to this issue, the African Foundation for Development (AFFORD) has set up the Diaspora Finance Investment (DFI) initiative in Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe. DFI’s aim is to stimulate and harness diaspora investment opportunities for job and wealth creation. In the framework of DFI, AFFORD will be launching the AFFORD Business Club (ABC) to provide business development support to entrepreneurs who seek to develop or launch their businesses in Africa.

The “Supporting SMEs and Creating jobs” conference will provide more details on the AFFORD Business Club and the infrastructure that is in place to support SMEs and the diaspora to invest, share information, and address mutual challenges. Speakers will examine the role SMEs can play in creating jobs, and how governments in Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Zimbabwe can support them?

The focus on SMEs is particularly important, given their critical role in generating over 80 per cent of the much-needed jobs for the growing number of African jobless, especially amongst the youth.


First Panel

Supporting SMEs and Creating Jobs in Nigeria, Rwanda and Sierra Leone 

Hon. Captain  Momodu Pat-Sowe, Sierra Leone Minister of Trade and Industry

Her Excellency Yamina Karitanyi, High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom

Mr Victor Adeleke, Deputy Head – Industry, Trade and Investment, High Commission for the Federal Republic of Nigeria

Second Panel

Perspective and experience from the Diaspora

Bimbo Roberts Folayan, Executive Director Nigeria Diaspora Direct Investment Summit

Hillary M. Chindodo, Founder and CEO of Commodity and General Trading Limited,


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Price: Free (Donations welcome through our JustGiving page)

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